Lawrence H. Aaronson

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F: 312.913.0002
Lawrence H. Aaronson is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm's Telecommunications Practice Group. Mr. Aaronson's practice has grown over the years to focus primarily on patent prosecution, with a strong emphasis on telecommunications and software technology including cellular wireless communications and computing systems. Clients appreciate Mr. Aaronson's efficiency and skill in managing their respective patent portfolios. In particular, clients admire his attention to relevant detail and ability to communicate sensibly and productively with their engineers and other inventors. Recognizing the important strategic business value of patents, Mr. Aaronson seamlessly assists in-house counsel by interacting directly with inventors and helping to identify and secure protection of key inventions. As such, he can and often does function as an "outside in-house counsel." Given his extensive patent prosecution experience, Mr. Aaronson also routinely trains less experienced attorneys at the firm.


Chicago Bar Association
  • Former Chairman, Entertainment Committee
  • Former Chairman, Creative Arts Law Committee, Young Lawyers Section
  • Actor and Director of Marketing of “The Bar Show,” the CBA’s annual musical comedy review

University of Illinois College of Law
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Patent Prosecution & Practice

Deerfield Family Theater
  • Board Member and Actor


Speaking Engagements

Illinois State Bar Association, "2010 All New Ethics Extravaganza for the Government Lawyer"


Fall 2008 (snippets)
Winter 2014 (snippets)
On May 5, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office kicked off a new program intended to give applicants and examiners an opportunity to discuss the substance of a patent application before a formal, written examination report is mailed to the applicant. Dubbed the First Action Interview Pilot Program, it requires that the applicant electronically file, at least one day before the first action on the merits is mailed, a Request for First Action Interview.
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